Wilson Looking To Give
Henry Crawford His First Loss
By Tim Donaldson
This Saturday night, at the Prudential Center, Kaseem Wilson and
Henry Crawford will be fighting on the Adamek, Gunn undercard.
For those of you who follow boxing in Philadelphia, you might
know Kaseem. He has the same team as Mike Jones, managers Doc
Nowicki and Jim Williams, as well as trainer Vaughn Jackson. Not
only do they have the same team but also both are welterweights
and both debuted the same night. But don’t look for any type of
rivalry here. Kaseem says that he is glad to see that Mike is
doing well. And Kaseem is doing quite well himself. In his last
fight, he knocked out Louie Leija in the first round.
But things have not always been easy for Kaseem. In August of
2007, Kaseem lost a fight to Russell Jordan. That loss, along
with personal problems, led to a layoff of almost a year and a
half. In December of 2008, Kaseem came back into the ring, and
since that time he has had three convincing wins.
Henry Crawford, however, is not Louie Leija. He is undefeated
and is more experienced in the ring than Kaseem. Crawford has a
total of 22 professional fights to Kaseem’s 14. Neither of these
things bothers Kaseem. He tells me that experience is not a
problem. Although Kaseem admits that this will be a much harder
fight than his last, he is sure he can win because Crawford does
not have much of an arsenal. He tells me that Crawford has a
“good right hand, and that’s all he’s got. Take that away, and I
That’s the game plan. Kaseem is planning on out-boxing Crawford,
taking away his right. He is prepared to go the distance with
Crawford. “If it comes, it comes,” he says about the possibility
of a knock out. But if he has to fight all eight rounds, that
should not be a problem either. And his manager Doc Nowicki
points out one other thing that might be a problem for Crawford.
Kaseem is a southpaw, and he is the first southpaw that Crawford
will be facing as a professional.
So Kaseem is going into this fight looking to accomplish one
thing. He wants to give Crawford his first loss. And he wants
his fans to be ready. As he says, “Be ready for a good fight. I
am going to give it all I got.”